Chicago producer Glassic uploads a couple electronic instrumentals this within the month. Sprinkling in some more single pieces after releasing a project early in the year. The Motions EP released early in the year contains 5 tracks and a feature with Brittany Carter. Also featured in Glassic’s 2016 self tited collab EP along with Will Is Chillin, another local artist amongst others.
After the Motions EP glassic let those beats simmer for a few months before uploading some single pieces. Perhaps gearing up for an upcoming project Safe Travels under no specific release date. Most recently Looking Everywhere is a simple chill beat with a vocal loop leaving you in cloud 9. New Lands will make you do a double take leaving you a taste for Waking Up from the 2017 EP. Whether its a big project or a single release it is quality work.
You got to listen to the Autobiography as it is. From beginning to end Vic Mensa tells the story about his life up to this point. Blood, Sweat and Tears have been poured into the making of this album; his debut LP, as he explains throughout his interviews prior the release date. From cheating death to experiencing. From heartaches, headaches and addictions to politically charged words he bears all.
Mensa has a prominent history preceding him. Leading up to this point Vic Co-Founded SAVEMONEY in the early twenty teens with successful local Chicago artists, TOWKIO, Kami, Joey Purp, Nico Segal and Chance amongsts others; influencing the direction of Chicago Hip Hop among many talented MC’s Producers and Instrumentalists. Releasing solo projects with visionaries in hip hop production like Cam O’bi,Phoelix and oddCouple. Needless to say his debut album release was a long time coming.
A long time worth waiting though once you see the names collaborating on the album. Fellow Chicago artists Chief Kief and Joey Purp get the invite on Down For Some Ignorance. Other collaborators will include Weezer, Pharrell & Saul Williams, Ty Dolla Sign, Pusha T, Syd tha Kid and the Dream. Even Carl from Chicago’s favorite show Shameless brings his talents to the table in a music video for OMG with Pusha T. If that is not enough we even have the Chicago Hip Hop icon in production No I.D.
If that is not enough for putting love back into your city, Vic visits NPR to stream his whole album for his fans to hear before the release. Just getting his story, his human side out there though music. A sobering reminder that an artist like Vic Mensa goes through every day struggles and metal and physically as anyone else. But also at full potential, capable of achieving great success and greatness in whatever it is that makes you happy.
Phoelix proudly represents Fox Valley, Il as his home. However he will be joining the ranks of other multi-talented artists in Chicago. Known mainly for his production with some popular locals such as Saba and NoName, Phoelix hops behind the mic and shows off skill. Recent tracks made to sound official and unquestionable, it seems this beat smith established his sound and style as he ushers in new music.
Feeling like his hometown is missing some recognition, Fox Valley gets an anthem from its hometown artist and Elton Aura, another Valley native, joins the production. Sirens depicts a life of fearless hustle on their side of the map. A hustle that followed Phoelix into the studio to follow up on a major project. Debuting his first EP, GSPL takes over the spotlight, earning recognition from publications like Red Bull. An EP quite diverse in style and production in such quality is well deserved of the limelight.
The hustle continues to follow as Phoelix makes the move to perform his first headlining showcase which will include Elton Aura and Blake Davis to open. In Wicker Park, locals will be whipped into a frenzy this August with tracks Red Beans & Rice and Bones. They will then be brought back down to earth with tracks like Temptation and Heartless Sonata. Jumping from Rap and Hip Hop to Soul, the EP further expands these genres definitions and limits in Chicago. The air of creativity in the city is certainly fluently flowing.
Releasing his second full length project, Lloyd DotDot of theWHOevers continues a flawless discography with the yello EP. From the Intro track to All Day this ep is filled with mellow energetic beats that will leave you faded at the spot. Since his first body of work nearly a decade ago Lloyd creatively puts an effort into creating something new with every song. Packing the project with R&B, Hip Hop and Foot-work beats, each track leaves a taste of Chicago style buzzing in your head. Doing all this without diminishing the quality of his lyricism.
theWHOevers partner Je$$e joins the EP on the track Faded to create a catchy anthem at the center of the project as well as production side on a few tracks. The duo from Chicago maintain a sound that balances contemporary styles with old school influences. Onwardly pushing the boundaries of what traditional Hip Hop from Chicago sounds like amongst other rising artists. Additional contributions on the project come from Slot-Athe BackPackers and Justin Graves. This project comes following the 2016 EP R U Down and multiple singles.
If you look for female artists that break the mold of the ideal in today’s male dominated entertainment industry and in music specifically look no further than Brittney Carter. Coming from the southside of Chicago she can shred any mainstream artist with her sharp words and savage flow. Her passionate mind delivers a message of self love, strength and awakening. Her story is one for the warrior!
Carters story is only continuing to unfold as she continues to work and collaborate with different artists. Recently featured on Kw3st track Detour, the two artists turn out to flow really well together. Produced my Austin Marc, the slow heavy beat allow the writers to release a more aggressive flow.
Since the release of his LP LiberationoddCouple has been noted just about everywhere, though the producer has been making beats for quite some time in Chicago. Moving in locally to attend DePaul University in ’07, where he found himself acquainted with Chance the Rapper and his manger, he continued to fill his beat library.
For the producer also known as Zach Henderson however the rise has not been as glorifying as his current success. Dealing with parting ways with his original partner amongst other heavy losses within his life, Henderson found himself at a difficult crossroads between his passoin for music and the dreary 9-5. But a push to complete his first LP Chatterbox was made well worthy as a call from Closed Sessions before finishing the project turned his luck around.
Since then oddCouple worked with some of Chicago’s most popular. Jamila Woods, Mick Jenkins, Joey Purp, Chance the Rapper, Rich Jones & Kweku Collins to name just a few have all put in work with Henderson. Fast forward to 2017 today and this rising artist is enjoying the fruits of his labor. Recently coming out of a festival he curated with Summerfest in his hometown Milwaukee, theMID with Aux Cord DJ Sessions and Pitchfork after parties, oddCouple also humbly releases a single See The Sun. Reflecting on the light after a Liberation. Looking forward to see what he has planned next.
Rich Jones has quite a reputation preceding him. Lot of collabs on his hands from oddCouple to Supa Bwe to Taylor Bennett. The artist is quite versitile in his style jumping between Soul, Hip Hop, R&B and Pop music. More than lyricist he is a poet. No Clue is a good testament to of many, speaking more than just words. This prompting another talented poet Mykele DeVille for a collab. The two flow ever so smoothly on this head bobbin beat.
Hittin you with a triple threat from the library of New Ezy Era. Each track perfected by the talented artists and engineers of Ever Evolved Studio. Starting you off with a beat by Frekwenzy, a chill melody quickly gives in to bass to make you move. Bob your head to that, it is notably exceptional for Ezy who frequents beats by GridLockAndy.
Easy to hear why GridLock fills his library. Tracks such as Came 4 provides Ezy the foundation to release some attitude over a heavy beat. While Mama Told Me takes it a step back with a ‘laxed hip hop beat for his deeper story line lyricism. Combined, the two artists can come up with some addictive tunes. Be prepared to hit replay!
Continuing the hard work at Ever Evolved Studios Frekwenzy and Rhymster, in between recording clients, completed a 8 track mixtape. The multi-talented artists put all their work in it from the cover art to the mastering. Rhymster with the original flow and production. Frekwenzy aims his focus on production and mastering. You can hear the quality in Chicago Interlude; like fresh air on a bridge.
With the studio running 24/7 the two invite a couple talented local artists out to share the mic or even take over a few tracks. Fafaa Delvale enlightens with vocals that adds some ambience takes the mic on Gamblin and Why You Askin featuring Terry Tertiary.John Renaissance joins the tape on KCVP. Don Larone and RadcliffRight After, this is some one of a kind talent on the list give them all a follow.
Melo Makes Music is what the man goes by and through rhymes is how he expresses his explicit content. Most recently he spills his mind over a trip hop beat produced by Martin $ky. The Chicago local Ravyn Lenae is featured on the track for a few verses, adding a graceful ambience to the the track. Speaking of Grace, Sylvie marks her sound with the stroke of a cello. Drain U is a dope collaboration of Chicago talent coming together to make a track to vibe to.